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Business Expo and Man of the Year

Business Expo and Man of the Year

By Joe Starkey

 

 

 

It’s a three day affair but only the middle day is seen by the public. Local businesses both members of the Chamber of Commerce and those starting out spend their first day setting up their booths and putting all their effort into making their business look great for the second day. Day two is continuous mayhem with customers and competitors flowing by at a high rate. The end of day two comes at 5 PM and most of the booths are stripped by 5:30. Then the After Hours event starts. Cooper Creek pours the drinks, United puts out fabulous cakes and finger foods and everybody settles down to visit and relax. Then come the awards. First the raffle winners were announced. A 39” TV, a digital camera and flowers for a year were this year’s prizes. The Corporate Star Award goes to the company that has “Gone Above and Beyond” in serving the community. This year’s award went to a company that will start its 75th year in the community with their annual membership meeting in April. General manager Gerald Striver accepted the award for Taylor Electric. {{more}} The Business Person of the Year must have the highest ethnics and quality of customer service while being highly involved in the community. Starting out pushing a broom at a local dealership and rising thru all the jobs a car selling company has until he now owns the local Star group of dealerships, Mike Donahue exemplifies those qualities. He served in the Boy Scouts of America organization being awarded their highest award for service – the Silver Beaver – and is a longtime volunteer and leader for the United Way. His company was rated as 15th of the best 100 companies in America to work for. He stated he had been fortunate by having the city behind us and employees who blessed us. He finished by saying that what his first boss told him “a man’s word is his bond” had sustained him all his life.   Business Person of the Year, Mike Donahue. Photo by Joe Starkey

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